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I like the idea of cleaning the fridge when it's almost empty--before grocery shopping. And I like the tidy is sometimes more important than clean. It surely makes cleaning easier not to have lots of clutter around. Thanks for the tips!

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Cleaning "spurts" during commercial breaks are what I do best. :-D Also, I save paper work like club admin and paying bills till I can sit on the couch with my feet up and watch TV at the same time.

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baking soda also works wonder for odors in the fridge

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We have a cleaner coming every two weeks, but for the rest of the time these ideas will be very useful.
I didn't get the part where women worked just to pay the cleaner - isn't cleaning the house something both partners should do? It's not just my house...

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Thanks for the great tips! Some of them I have never thought of.

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`I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.' --Joan Rivers

Many of us empathize with Ms. Rivers's quip. We may like things neat and clean, but we don't especially like making them that way. Being lazy about housework does not mean we are lying on the couch watching soap operas. It often just means we are busy, or that we can think of more interesting ways of spending our time. So we look for shortcuts, ways of keeping things orderly and clean with as little effort and time as we can.

Here are some favorite tips to get the job completed quickly.

1) (SOS) Super Organizing Secrets:
--Remember that tidy counts as much as clean, perhaps more. People may not notice the cobwebs in the corner, but they will definitely note the basket of unfolded laundry on the couch and three months of magazines piled by the chair. Taking just a few minutes a day to put things away pays enormous benefits.

--Don't clean just to clean something. If it is not dirty, don't waste your time cleaning it.
Get rid of or put away tchotchkes and things that needs meticulous dusting. Are they really worth the time and effort?

--Your floors and carpets will stay cleaner if everyone removes their 'outside shoes' when they come into the house.

--Combine activities. Make phone calls on a cordless phone and do some tasks while you talk.

--Use 'wasted' minutes. See how much you can get done during the commercials as you watch TV. Fold the laundry as you watch, then use commercial time to put the laundry away. Unload the dishwasher as the coffee perks.

2) Use Good Tools to Your Advantage (If you have a tool that really works well, please post a review in the Product Review thread)
--Have good tools. A stick vac or hand held vacuum takes care of dry messes in little time, avoiding getting out the larger, heavier vacuum cleaner. A mop with wet covers can clean a wet spill or dirty spots on the floor quickly. Some people find a robot vacuum to be a very useful tool.

--A carry-all with basic cleaning essentials that you can take from room to room saves time, preventing steps back to find the spray cleaner or paper towels.

--Wet wipes are useful in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and many other areas of the house for quick clean up of messes or a fast wipe-down of the counter.

3) Kitchen Savvy:
--When cooking dinner, have a sink full of soapy water for utensils when you finish with them. As they soak, food will be loosened and cleanup shortened. (I can't stress the importance of this one. It makes cleaning up so much simpler).

--Use an oven liner to keep the floor of your oven clean.

--Clean up spills immediately--you will spend less time scrubbing. If the spot has dried on the counter or floor, spray your cleaner on it, and let it sit a couple of minutes, giving it time to work before you wipe.

--For things that you don't put in the dishwasher after being washed, use a dish drainer to air dry. (and if you wash your dishes by hand, then let them air dry after supper, then put them away right before you go to bed. The kitchen will look so much better the next morning.)

--If you boil water for tea or cocoa in your microwave, wipe down the microwave after you remove the water and while your tea steeps. The steam from the water will help loosen any baked on particles of food so they can be wiped away easily. (And if your microwave picks up the odor of the food you cooked, like mine does the cinnamon from my oatmeal, a quick spritz of vinegar on the door and inside, along with setting a bowl of baking soda in the microwave, helps eliminate that odor.)

--Clean your refrigerator when it is at its emptiest--the day before you go grocery shopping.

4) Bathroom Smarts:
--Use shower gel or body wash instead of bar soap to minimize soap scum in the tub or shower.

--Use shower spray to help cut down on a bigger cleaning job.

--Keep a clean sponge (or one of those net scrubs) by the tub and wipe any tub ring immediately after a bath. (A shampoo that you bought and then didn't like makes a great tub cleaner)

--Do bathroom cleaning while you monitor your child's bath.

5) Other Rooms
--Tidy your desk while your computer boots up.

--Put on a rubber glove (a dampened one if the fabric is compatible) and run your hand across upholstery to pick up pet hair. It's quicker than getting out the vacuum cleaner.

--Using bags on the back of the door or shelves in the closet is faster than finding the right shoebox.

6) Final Tips
--Remember that things do not have to be perfect.

--Enlist your kids or significant other to help.

Ultimately, if you really despise cleaning and it fits your budget, hire someone else to do it. I have known many women who said part of the reason they worked outside of their home was so they could pay someone else to come in and do the cleaning.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

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